CORRECTION: Kutztown University wind ensemble to present “All the President’s Men”

Dr. Mike Golemo, director of bands and professor of music, Iowa State University.

(Correction to date of performance): The Kutztown University Wind Ensemble will present their annual fall concert Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s concert, All the President’s Men, will feature music written for U.S. presidents, about presidents, or by composers who share the same last name as U.S. presidents.

Kutztown University will welcome Dr. Mike Golemo, director of bands and professor of music at Iowa State University (ISU), as guest director. Golemo conducts the ISU Wind Ensemble, the top concert band at Iowa State.

A native of Chicago, he received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Northwestern University where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter and saxophone with Frederick Hemke. He completed his doctorate in wind conducting at Michigan State University under Kenneth Bloomquist and John Whitwell. Golemo previously served as assistant director of bands at The University of Akron (Ohio), and prior to that as Director of Bands at Albion College (Mich.).

Sunday’s concert program includes “Hail to the Chief,” “Presidential Polonaise” by John Philip Sousa, “Fiesta Del Pacifico” by Roger Nixon, “God of Our Fathers” by both Claude Smith and Thomas Knox and Men of Ohio March by Henry Fillmore.

The Kutztown University Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Professor Dan Neuenschwander.

Reading’s Lucia Ha received a Pharmacy White Coat from University of the Sciences


Students in Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences received a white coat at a ceremony Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.

Lucia Ha of Reading, a doctor of pharmacy student in Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences, received a white coat at a ceremony Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. The white coat ceremony is an annual rite of passage for students in their first professional year (third year) of USciences’ six-year pharmacy program and symbolizes their dedication to the profession of pharmacy and to the care of others.


He continues on the path to receiving a doctor of pharmacy degree. Donning their white coats, the more than 110 student pharmacists recited the Oath of a Pharmacist, a gesture to reinforce their commitment to working with patients compassionately and to enhancing their health and well-being.

University of the Sciences has prepared students to be leaders and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields for nearly 200 years. Key to its distinctive education is a tradition of hands-on research and experiential learning that is evident in every graduate who has walked its campus. Since its founding in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first college of pharmacy in North America, USciences has grown to more than 30 degree-granting programs from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees in the health sciences, bench sciences, and healthcare business and policy fields. Discover how USciences students are proven everywhere they go at

Reading Public Library Outreach Program featured at international conference

Pictured is RPL Outreach Coordinator Daniel Equsquiza in Bergen Norway.

With a goal of increasing the visibility of Reading Public Library to our city’s diverse population, Outreach Coordinator, Daniel Egusquiza, has moved programming “outside the walls,” including on the steps of the Main Library, 100 S. Fifth Street, Reading. One particularly successful program has been the “Storytelling Through Dance” performances held in July.

Daniel’s innovative approach to community outreach was recognized this year with an invitation for Reading Public Library to present at the Satellite Meeting of the “World Library and Information Congress.” This prestigious conference was held in Bergen, Norway on August 15 through 17.  The annual event is organized by the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) as part of the 83rd General Conference and Assembly.  This year’s topic was “Managing Change: Library Transitions – moving into the Future.  Best Practices from Around the World.”

Equsquiza’s presentation, “Reading Public Library: Building a Platform for Community
Engagement Through the Arts,” focused on how Reading Public Library is transforming the front steps of the main library into a platform for community engagement, opening doors for many in our community who are unfamiliar with the library.

Reading Public Library shared the stage with presenters from prestigious institutions around the world, including Helsinki Library of Finland, the Centralized Library System of Russia, and Biblioteca Font de la Mina, Spain. North American presenters include Mount Sinai Hospital Library, Toronto, Canada, Smithsonian Libraries and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and Reading Public Library, Reading. Reading Public Library’s Outreach program is supported by a grant from The Wyomissing Foundation.

Kutztown University, ChildPromise join forces to support former foster children

Kutztown University and ChildPromise, Inc., Philadelphia, have entered into a four-year agreement to create a Providing Resources and Opportunities to Future Standouts (PROFS) program to assist young adults who age out of the foster care system. PROFS provides college access programs, such as college prep and financial literacy workshops for high school students in the foster care system and also retention programs for KU students transitioning from the foster care system. Retention programs for KU students include academic and personal coaching, financial literacy workshops, and peer mentoring services. PROFS students will also be connected to on-campus jobs many of which include work hours over semester breaks, as year round housing for students will be provided as well. Additional opportunities include funding for study abroad and cultural trips to places such as DC, NYC and Philadelphia. PROFS will be staffed Continue reading “Kutztown University, ChildPromise join forces to support former foster children”

REMINDER: Kutztown Church to celebrate life of Professor Henry W. Sharadin

Sharadin served on the faculty of Keystone State Normal School for more than 30 years

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will celebrate dedication Sunday on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. The church will dedicate improvements made over the past few years and gifts made by members of the congregation. St. Paul’s is located at 47 South Whiteoak St., Kutztown. Speaking at the event will be Jerry Silberman, KU vice president for Administration and Finance. An open house will immediately follow the dedication.

Among those items being dedicated is a newly restored mural created more than 60 years ago by the late Henry W. Sharadin. The nine-foot-by-14-foot mural was originally installed in the church’s former Sunday school building which has since been demolished. The mural was broken into eight pieces in order to remove it from the building. It has been restored by local artist Johnathan Bond, Kempton, and installed in the church’s new Sharadin Lounge.

Born in 1872, Sharadin was an 1891 graduate of Keystone State Normal School. After Keyston, he received degrees in art from both the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts, Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Art School, New York City.

After several years of operating a gallery in Reading, Sharadin came back to Keystone in 1907 and served on the faculty for more than 30 years, retiring in 1939 from what was then Kutztown State Teachers College. He taught art for the Allentown School District from 1916 to 1919, his only departure from KSNS during his teaching career.

In 1924, Keystone State Normal School was granted authority to institute a three-year course designed to prepare and certify art supervisors. Sharadin became the first chair of what is now the Department of Art Education and Crafts.

Sharadin died in April 1966 at the age of 93. The Sharadin Arts Building on the campus of Kutztown University is named in his honor.

For more information contact John Keiser, consistory president, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, at 610-683-3130.

Local Albright College students spending fall semester 2017 studying abroad

The following local Albright College students are spending fall 2017 studying overseas:

Adamaris Muniz Tirado, a senior biology/evolutionary studies major from Reading, Pa., is studying in Alicante, Spain. Muniz Tirado received a Santander Scholarship for the semester. Given to high-achieving students with financial need, these scholarships are made possible through an agreement between Albright and Santander Bank, N.A. for its Santander Universities division to provide funding to support scholarships for Albright students studying abroad.

Nathan Rothermel, a senior theatre major from Leesport, Pa., is studying in London, England. Rothermel received a Santander Scholarship for the semester. Given to high-achieving students with financial need, these scholarships are made possible through an agreement between Albright and Santander Bank, N.A. for its Santander Universities division to provide funding to support scholarships for Albright students studying abroad.

Study abroad is a key component of Albright’s well-regarded experiential learning curriculum. Recent years have seen students study in Australia, Bhutan, Cyprus, England, Japan, South Korea and numerous other countries.

Darian Gordon inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Darian Gordon of Bernville, Pa., was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Gordon is pursuing a degree in Animal Science at The University of Findlay.

Gordon is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

Students named to Alvernian newspaper staff

Alvernia University students are serving as members of the Alvernian student newspaper staff for the fall of 2017:

Communication major Madelyn Johnston of Reading is serving as managing editor

Communication major Cheyenne Ettinger of Birdsboro is serving as news editor

Communication major Justin Herforth of Douglassville is serving as opinion editor

Charlotte Jones attends Newseum conference in Washington, D.C.

Charlotte Jones of Fleetwood is one of 13 Lebanon Valley College students who attended a conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., “How Will Public Discussion Thrive?” this month.

Jones, a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in digital communications and art and visual culture at The Valley.

The Interactivity Foundation celebrated its 30th birthday by hosting a montage of small group roundtable discussions about the future of public discussion during this event. Themes centered around these questions: What’s the future of public discussion in this time of political polarization, harsh rhetoric, fake news, and spin? What policy possibilities might help revitalize it? And what actions might we take to implement them?

By attending the conference, LVC students were able to experience first-hand some of the discussion styles utilized in their courses.

Lebanon Valley College recognizes peer mentors

Class of 2021 Move-In, Orientation, and Convocation
Peer Mentors pose for a photo in the Edward H. Arnold Sports Center on August 24, 2017.

Lebanon Valley College welcomes 65 students who will participate in the Peer Mentor Program and guide new and transfer students through their first few months at The Valley.

Peer mentors are responsible for assisting new students in succeeding personally, socially, and academically through connections to the College and their peers.

2017 peer mentor students include:

Jessica Zeiner of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science at The Valley.

Melanie Haas of Mohrsville, a graduate of Hamburg Area Jr-Sr High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in early childhood education and special education at The Valley.

Pearl Weber of Douglassville, a graduate of Twin Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science at The Valley.

Nicholas Bentz of Reading, a graduate of Exeter Township High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science at The Valley.